My daughter Millisent is an avid reader and big fan of Jacqueline Wilson for her uplifting, enjoyable and meaningful messages throughout her many children’s books; so when she heard of her number one best-seller Katy she jumped with joy to get hold of a copy!
This paperback is beautifully presented with a metallic blue cover, glossy title, cheerful illustrations and child-friendly pages of proportionately spaced text for young readers. There’s something magical about reading a book, the humbleness of turning pages, the imagination involved in each word coming to life and the serenity of being absorbed into a world that doesn’t involve flashing lights, batteries or loud noises. With a glass of chilled water, bowl of fresh grass and an unquenchable enthusiasm for reading my daughter and I spent a lazy afternoon in the garden as I listened to her read.
This book follows the journey of a young girl named Katy Carr who is a part of large family and absolute thrill-seeker from skateboarding to tree-climbing, the sky is certainly not the limit. But after a terrible accident leaves her badly injured her whole world is turned upside down and her enthusiasm for adventure is quashed. Step by step she learns to adapt both physically and mentally and it’s eye-opening and inspiring read for every child who has ever dreamt of achievement. It highlights the importance of family and self-belief and Millie says “I don’t want to stop reading it, I want to get right up to the end before bedtime because Katy is such a lovely girl. It made me really sad when she got hurt and I really wanted her to be ok again because I feel like she’s my friend. It’s a happy book in the end though and it makes me feel lucky for not being injured. I think a lot of children will enjoy reading this and my little brother enjoys listening to me read.”